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16-Year-old Cyclist Travis Risley on a 1,000-Mile Ride to Benefit Fallen Peace Officers

Set to arrive in Oceanside and Carlsbad Sunday morning

Santa Ana CA— On July 7, 2017, sixteen-year-old Travis Risley embarked on an ambitious journey. He is riding his bicycle from the Oregon/California border to the California/Mexico border in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF).

The approximately 1,000-mile ride kicked off in Brookings, Oregon and will end in San Ysidro, California. Travis is set to leave the Newport Beach Police Department this Sunday, July 23, 2017 around 7:30 a.m. and it is estimated he will arrive in Oceanside around 10:30am. “It’s about 47 miles and he’s been averaging 15 to 19 miles per hour on his ride. Considering he’ll have law enforcement escorting him all the way to Oceanside, he won’t need to stop at any lights.” said a spokesperson for Travis.

“We had a route planned out before the ride began, but we’ve had so much more support from law enforcement agencies in the different areas that we’ve been to, that the route seems to change almost daily. Many agencies have a preferred route or want us to visit their departments.  We also want to include any agency or survivor that would like to be included because they are what this ride is about, as Travis has said. If that means stopping at three different agencies in one county, we’ve been making every effort to do that. When that happens, it can extend the day, sometimes by a couple of hours.” said Andrea Risley.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, Travis arrived in Newport Beach where he was greeted with signs, balloons, cheers, cameras and a surprise $5,000 donation from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.

This cause that Travis is riding for hits close to home for the Napa teen, as his father is an officer with the Napa Police Department. The Napa Police Officers’ Association is generously covering all of Travis’ expenses, so all donations go directly to the CPOMF.

CPOMF is a nonprofit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and provide support to their surviving family members.

Travis is expected to reach the Mexico border on July 24th.

Here’s a day-to-day look at his route:

Day 1 – July 7th              Oregon/California Border (Brookings, OR) to McKinleyville, CA – 98 miles

Day 2 – July 8th              McKinleyville to Myers Flat – 68 miles

Day 3 – July 9th             Myers Flat to Hales Grove – 55 miles

Day 4 – July 10th          Hales Grove to Manchester – 74 miles

Day 5 – July 11th           Manchester to Valley Ford – 78 miles

Day 6 – July 12th           DAY OFF at home in Napa to recharge

Day 7 – July 13th             Valley Ford to Pacifica – 73 miles

Day 8 – July 14th           Pacifica to Aptos – 73 miles

Day 9 – July 15th            Aptos to Greenfield – 74 miles

Day 10 – July 16th          Greenfield to Paso Robles – 80 miles

Day 11 – July 17th          DAY OFF in Paso Robles to recharge

Day 12 – July 18th          San Simeon to Orcutt – 82 miles

Day 13 – July 19th          Orcutt to Santa Barbara – 75 miles

Day 14 – July 20th         Santa Barbara to Malibu – 74 miles

Day 15 – July 21st          Malibu to Newport Beach – 76 miles

Day 16 – July 22nd         DAY OFF in Newport Beach to recharge

Day 17 – July 23rd          Newport Beach to La Jolla – 78 miles

Day 18 – July 24th          La Jolla to California/Mexico Border (San Ysidro, CA) – 33 miles

You can show your support for Travis and follow Travis’ Trek on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCaliforniaRide/

Instagram: @the_californiaride

Snapchat: californiaride1

If you would like to donate to Travis’ Trek, go to: https://camemorial.org/donate-now/. For more information on the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, log onto: https://camemorial.org/.